Citronella Collar VS Electric
Dog owners who are looking for a way to train their beloved pet out of a nuisance barking problem often seek out a humane strategy such as a citronella spray collar that will work quickly but kindly. Traditional training, while perfectly humane, often takes weeks or months to become consistently effective, even with daily practice. There are a few types of dog bark collars on the market that can produce consistently fast training results, but some of these collars are far more humane and healthier than others. This makes it doubly important that dog owners do their research before choosing a method that could harm their pup and be sure that they’re not ill. After all, now that it’s been proven that dogs love us more than cats, it’s only fair that owners return the favor.
Using an Electric Collar
An electric collar, also known as an e-collar or zap collar, provides short term results but can have unintended negative consequences for your pet. Electric collars have a mechanism that can work in two different ways. In one method of training, the dog owner controls the collar remotely and triggers the electric shock when their pup is misbehaving. In the other, an invisible “fence” is set around a property line with the correct equipment, causing dogs to experience the shock when they approach the undesirable area. In the case of problematic barking, the first method is almost always used. As you can imagine, administering an electric shock – even a small one – in response to problem behavior can generate fear and aggressive behavior in dogs. The sensation is unpleasant and it causes them to become afraid. Improper knowledge of dog training can lead owners attempting to train with an e-collar to make mistakes that will harm their pet. In addition, electric collars can seriously irritate a dog’s neck when worn too long, especially in the places where the collar’s diodes sit against the skin. These hot spots are very unpleasant for your pet, and can sometimes require veterinary observation. In addition to skin irritation and unintended aggressive behavior, a study performed by vets at Tuskegee University determined that while the results of e-collars are quick, they also cause an elevation of the stress hormone cortisol in dogs on the first day of training. Cortisol is dangerous, and can lead to long-term health issues in mammals such as heart issues and inhibited weight loss.
Using A Citronella Collar
In contrast, a citronella collar is a far more humane way of training a dog not to bark excessively while still getting results in the same time frame as those who use e-collars. A citronella spray collar looks and functions just as a traditional collar would, with two functional exceptions. The citronella bark collar holds a small canister which is filled with a harmless spray containing natural citronella oil in a diluted form. An electronic mechanism is also featured on the citronella dog bark collar for the purpose of detecting problem barking sounds. When barking takes place for a predetermined length of time and at an interval that indicates that nuisance barking is taking place, the electronic device triggers the citronella spray collar to release a short burst of the solution. A dog being trained with a citronella anti bark collar will find this unpleasant and disruptive to their problem behavior, but will be completely unharmed. If the behavior continues, the collar will release another burst of spray.
Acclimate Your Dog to the Citronella Collar
Training your dog using citronella dog collars is most effective when you take a few days to acclimate your pet to his new citronella collar and add another layer of training by providing positive reinforcement in response to your pet ceasing problem barking when the dog bark collar disrupts his barking. Better and more significant rewards for long-term quiet behavior will allow the dog to make a cause and effect connection between his barking and the release of the unpleasant stimulus as well as the fact that being quiet is a positive behavior trait to internalize.
Make Sure Your Dog Is Healthy First
Before you begin using a citronella spray collar for dogs who are barking excessively, make sure to assess your dog’s environment as well as their well-being. If your pup is feeling sick or is hungry, thirsty, understimulated or has an excess of energy, his excessive barking is probably a response to one of those situations. It is up to a responsible pet owner to monitor their dog for signs of illness, keep them on a proper diet, hydrate them and provide physical and mental stimulation. If your dog is a problem barker even though all their needs are met, they are a great candidate for the quick and humane training method that is the citronella spray collar.